connective tissue

connective tissue
noun Date: 1846 a tissue of mesodermal origin that consists of various cells (as fibroblasts and macrophages) and interlacing protein fibers (as of collagen) embedded in a chiefly carbohydrate ground substance, that supports, ensheathes, and binds together other tissues, and that includes loose and dense forms (as adipose tissue, tendons, ligaments, and aponeuroses) and specialized forms (as cartilage and bone)

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  • connective tissue — Conjunctive Con*junc tive, a. [L. conjunctivus.] 1. Serving to unite; connecting together. [1913 Webster] 2. Closely united. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] {Conjunctive mood} (Gram.), the mood which follows a conjunction or expresses contingency;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • connective tissue — N UNCOUNT Connective tissue is the substance in the bodies of animals and people which fills in the spaces between organs and connects muscles and bones. [TECHNICAL] …   English dictionary

  • connective tissue — tissue which connects other tissues and organs (consists mainly of collagen, elastin and reticular fibers) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • connective tissue — noun tissue of mesodermal origin consisting of e.g. collagen fibroblasts and fatty cells; supports organs and fills spaces between them and forms tendons and ligaments (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑animal tissue • Hyponyms: ↑skin, ↑tegument, ↑cutis,… …   Useful english dictionary

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